Friday, March 29, 2013

Onion Rava Dosa Recipe-Instant Rava Dosa (step wise pictures)

Rava dosa is a very popular South Indian Breakfast which is very easy to prepare. I have already posted rava dosa here, this is another recipe of rava dosa from my mother's kitchen. It is an instant recipe and needs no prior planning. It is very tasty, crispy and instant but you need a little skill to prepare this dosa. I have given you detailed instructions with pictures so that any can prepare rava dosa with ease.Today we will learn how to prepare crispy South Indian rava dosa following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Onion Rava Dosa

Onion Rava Dosa-Instant-Crispy Rava Dosa Recipe

Onion Rava Dosa

 Prep Time : 5 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : Less than 5 mins per dosa 
 Yields: 12-14
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Rice flour - 1 1/2 cup
   Rava - 1/2 cup
   Maida/ all pupose flour - 2 tbsp
   Jeera/cumin seeds - 1 1/2- 2 tsp
   Whole black pepper - 1 tsp
   Green chilli -1 very finely chopped
   Thick Buttermilk - 1/4 cup
   Onion -1
   Water -appoximately 2 3/4 cup
   Oil for making dosas
   Salt as needed


Mix rava in 1/4 cup buttermilk and leave it for 15-30 minutes.

Chop onions and green chillies very finely.

First we will see how to prepare rava dosa batter- 

In a bowl, mix together rice flour, all purpose flour, cumin seeds, whole black pepper, green chillies and salt needed. Add the rava + butter milk mix to it. Then add approximately 2 3/4 cup of water to it little at a time and mix it well so that there are no lumps.Check for salt. Add if required.

I photographed the rava dosa batter to show you the consistency of the batter. See how thin it is (picture below).It should be like that. Now the batter is ready.

Now let us see how to make onion rava dosa -

First heat a non stick tawa or a cast iron tawa, sprinkle little onions on top of it. Do not add too much onions as you will have difficulty in removing the dosa from the tawa.

How to make onion rava dosa

When the tawa is heated well, reduce the flame to medium.

Remember for every dosa, you have to mix the batter well, so that the rava will not settle at the bottom. You cannot spread the rava dosa batter like normal dosa.

After mixing it, take a ladle or a small cupful of batter and fill the outer corners of the tawa. (picture-1)

Then the inside of the tawa.(picture -2)

Then fill in big gaps if any (picture-3). See how lacy and beautiful it is. To make it easier to understand, I have explained it in 3 easy steps but you can pour the batter at one go following the same method.

preparing rava dosa

Let the dosa get cooked. Rava dosa will take longer time to get cooked than normal dosa, so do not be in a hurry to flip over the dosa. Drizzle a tsp of oil around the dosa.

Let the dosa get cooked evenly on all sides.(You can adjust or move the tawa if needed)

Wait until the bottom turns nice golden brown and the corners start lifting up slightly.

Once the bottom turns golden brown, flip over to the other side. Drizzle another 1/2 tsp of oil around the dosa. Let the other side also get cooked.

crispy rava dosa

Once cooked, remove from flame and serve hot with coconut chutney, sambar or idli podi.

Some important points to be kept in mind 

Mix the batter well every time before making dosa to prevent sedimentation of rava.

Batter should be thin. In case the batter becomes slightly thick after making 3-4 dosas, add 1-2 tbsp of water and mix again. Then continue to make dosas.You will get lacy dosas as in the picture only if the batter is thin.

Once the tawa is heated well, keep the flame in medium through out the process.

Remember rava dosa will take longer time to get cooked.

You can prepare this without onions also.

Once more top shot for you all to enjoy

Instant rava dosa
Crispy and delicious Rava dosa with coconut chutney, arachu vitta sambar and idli podi
Coconut chuntey 
Arachu vitta sambar 
Idli Milagai Podi

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  1. Nice explanation Paddu! Dosa looks very good!

  2. Instant yummy Rava dosa looks so inviting.

  3. Looks Yummy :) Love your recipes Padhu!

  4. Looks very very inviting.. I never get my rava dosa right.. Next time I will follow this recipe verbatim & try...

  5. looks crispy and yummy..lovely clicks

  6. Nice and crisp rava dosa.perfectly done!!

  7. am loving mom's fav dish..i loved ur pic and presentation

  8. Looks very good. with all those side dishes it sounds super yummy !!

  9. Thanks for well explained rava dosa recipe.... will you plz provide various types of chatny's...?

  10. Nice well explained rava dosa recipe. I tried making it, it turned out fabulous. Thanks for such useful blog!!! Ur doing wonderful job!!!

  11. Hi Padhu
    The dosa came out fantastic! both my kids 3 yr and 5 yr old and my husband absolutely loved it!
    thank u so much :)

    cheers, Shobana

  12. ITs really awesome mouth watery dishesssssssss.... thank you so much..

  13. i did its awesome..... and invited my niece to come and taste it... ITS WOW.. kiran hyderabad

  14. Its awesome.. came out very tasty... actually invited my niece to come and taste it.. as if its my own recipe...

  15. u r awsome. I tried it n my colleagues loved it !

  16. u r awsome. I tried it n my colleagues loved it !

  17. Thank you...This is the first time I succeeded with Rava Dosa

  18. hey padhu the dosa was indeed good and tasty............easy and batter suggessted will hold good for many dosas.... i added pepper and cumin powder along with whole really turned out well............

  19. thank you for the recipe...i tired it and it came out well...everyone liked at my place

  20. The dosas n coconut chutney came very well!!! 1st time tat I had prepared myself, me n my frnd enjoyed dosas a lot.

  21. Your tips for the consistency,pouring it, turning Thava, patience needed etc etc are wonderful tips normally given by mother in law to the daughter inlaw who had no previous exposure to RAVA DOSA

  22. Padhu, I tried it and it tasted delicious. Thank you so much. Loved your pics and tips especially, they help a lot. Thanks again & continue your work. All the best!!

  23. Hi Padhu,
    Very easy to follow your steps. Dosa in the pic looks "mouth watering."

  24. I tried it and it came out very well

  25. Thanks for the nice receipe .. Dosa came out very well...

  26. Dosa came out perfectly well...thanks

  27. Dosa comes so perfectly well.. thanks for the receipe

  28. Ravadosa very nice....ho god I used to buy instant flour. Now i can make ravadosa very well. Thanks for the recipe.....

  29. I will definitely make these dosas at my home.

  30. I will definitely try this recipe. Can u tell me which rava to be used?

  31. I tried your recipe and the dosas where extremely unpalatably crispy. Neither did I get the "holey" look that rava dosas have. I looked up recipes by others and I noticed that the proportion suggested by you is completely different from what others suggest.

    The quantity of rice flour is certainly not 3 times the qty of rava in other recipes.

  32. Rubeena - You can use any rava

    Shards -I think you have cooked it for too long and then if the water is less you will not get that lacy texture. So add more water. This recipe is a hit not only in my family but among many readers. I have another rava dosai recipe in my blog which has more maida in it than this recipes. You can try that if you like this
    Plain rava dosa

  33. My wife just tried the recipe and it came out very very well! :)

    Thanks for the recipe...

  34. you add one and half cup rice flour and onlyl 1/2cup rava is it ok? 3 times rice flour to rava.

  35. Venkataraman -The recipe is correct. It is very common in my house. You will get crispy rava dosa. If you do not want that, here is another recipe for Soft Rava dosa but has more maida in it than this recipe.

  36. thanks for the recipie, and self explanatory photos, yes this is the correct step to cast the dosa.

  37. Padhu dear,
    y'day nit i tried this at home. My husband was impressed.Rava dosa came out excellent. Tastes yummy. Thank uuuuuu.

  38. Thanks for taking so much effort to make sure everyone can cook with success!

  39. Yours s my first choice site, excellent page. Keep it up

  40. Hi Padhu !!!!!
    good recipies on instant dosas, very helpful dear

  41. Very nice. Just had crispy onion Rava Dosa. Thanks Madam.

  42. Thanx for instant rava dosa-very very delicious.

  43. Thank you so much Padhu!Hats off to you!

  44. Wow yummy
    I tried this recepi in the morning its really nice n my hubby become fan for it

  45. Wow yummy
    I tried tgis recepi in the morning its really tasty

  46. Hi padhu i tried ur recipe today!!! It was absolutely awesome!! Yummmm!!! Thanks for the great clicks and the post!

  47. thank you so much for the instant breakfast options....tried your garlic chutney with moong dal dosa and we loved it.

  48. Thank u very much for the recipe.. It was jus awesome.. Just loved it.. !!!

  49. Hi padhu ... Thank u So Much.. I did it today morning and it turned out well..
    i dint even expect i could make so perfect rava dosa.. Lemme tel you., not oly this recipe of yours , your blog itself is hit.. I read out comments too..
    So.. Am tellin this.. I had tried with less rice flour earlier, but was not good like this.. I followed this recipe and it is excellent..

  50. Hi padhu,

    can you plz tell me which Rava is to be used to make the Rava Dosa.? either the small rava/medium rava/Bansi rava...

    I'm totally confused.....

    1. You can use small rava or medium rava.

  51. Hi padhu! i tried this recipe and me and my husband relished the dosa. it was just like if not better than hotel dosa! thnx a lot! im a huge fan of your blog!

  52. could you please tell proportion since i dont wish to add maida.

  53. I tried it today. Soooo yummy :-)

  54. Tried this without adding Maida as I was not having it.. Still dosas were tasty.. Not very crispy though like we get in hotel, may be I didn't add enough water.

  55. Clean and clear recipe I have ever tried... good job padhu. ..

  56. Hi Padhu,
    The best ever recipe for rava dosa.
    The never failing rava dosa recipe.


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